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Vermont Enacts Sweeping Sexual Harassment Prevention Law

Our colleagues  at Epstein Becker Green have a post on the Retail Labor and Employment Law blog that will be of interest to our readers in the hospitality industry: “Vermont Enacts Sweeping Sexual Harassment Prevention Law.”

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What are the obligations of a pre-purchase inspector?

While for some the pre-purchase inspecon is essenal when purchasing a home or building, others feel it is of lile use considering the various limitaons to the inspector’s mandate. Let us first review some basic principles, in light of a recent judicial decision.

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State Ban the Box Law Enforced for the First Time by Massachusetts Attorney General

Our colleague  at Epstein Becker Green has a post on the Hospitality Labor and Employment Law blog that will be of interest to our readers in the retail industry: “Massachusetts Attorney General Enforces State Ban the Box Law for First Time, Fining Three Businesses and Issuing Warnings to 17 Others.”

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AT&T/Time Warner Merger Approval Will Spur Vertical Mergers in Health Care

Tuesday’s decision by Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia categorically approving the merger of AT&T and Time Warner, without imposing any conditions or limitations and rejecting granting a stay for appeal purposes, will, unless blocked if there is an appeal, open the way for a series of pending vertical merger deals.

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Welcome WCAG 2.1 – Website Accessibility Guidelines Have Been Refreshed

Our colleague  at Epstein Becker Green has a post on the Hospitality Labor and Employment Law blog that will be of interest to our readers in the financial services industry: “The Generally Prevailing Website Accessibility Guidelines Have Been Refreshed – It’s Time to Officially Welcome WCAG 2.1.”

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Amy L. Fracassini Elected to the Board of the International Lawyers Network

Davis Malm is pleased to announce that firm president Amy L. Fracassini was elected to the International Lawyers Network’s (ILN) Board of Directors. Ms. Fracassini was inducted to the 16-member Board on June 1, 2018 at the ILN annual meeting in Toronto, Canada.

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Charles Flam and Patrick Henry honoured by the Litigation Counsel of America

June 13, 2018 — RSS is proud to announce that Charles E. Flam, the firm’s Managing Partner, and Patrick Henry, a member of our Insurance Law Practice Group, have been named Senior Fellows of the Litigation Counsel of America.

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Supreme Court Prevents Successive Class Actions from Reviving Time-Barred Claims Continue Reading…

In most wage and hour cases, each workweek gives rise to a separate claim, at least for statute of limitations purposes. Thus, an employee seeking payment for alleged off-the-clock work or an independent contractor claiming misclassification and entitlement to overtime ordinarily may seek back wages and related recovery only for work performed within a set amount of time—usually two to six years preceding the filing of the complaint, depending on the jurisdiction—preceding the filing of the complaint. But what happens to the statute of limitations when a plaintiff tries to bring a class action under state law, the court denies class certification, and a new plaintiff seeks to bring a subsequent class action presenting the same claims?

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U.S. Supreme Court Finds that Class Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements Are Enforceable

Following six years of uncertainty, employers now have assurance that class action waivers in arbitration agreements are enforceable and do not violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Since 2012, many employers who had entered into written agreements with employees to individually arbitrate employment disputes such as wage-hour claims, found certain courts disregarding such arbitration agreements and thereby allowing employees to bring class and collective actions regarding employee disputes. In a 5–4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, Case No. 16-285, resolved this uncertainty, holding that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) encourages enforcement of arbitration agreements and that agreements to arbitrate disputes through individualized arbitration proceedings do not violate the NLRA. Employees who have entered into class action waivers with their employers can no longer use the NLRA as a basis to evade their agreement to individually arbitrate their employment disputes.

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The Generally Prevailing Website Accessibility Guidelines Have Been Refreshed – It’s Time to Officially Welcome WCAG 2.1

After nearly ten years, on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, the World Wide Web Consortium (the “W3C”), the private organization focused on enhancing online user experiences, published the long awaited update to its Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (“WCAG 2.0”), known as the WCAG 2.1.  Those who have been following along with website accessibility’s ever-evolving legal landscape are well aware that, despite not having been formally adopted by regulators for the vast majority of the private sector, compliance with WCAG 2.0 at Levels A and AA has become the de facto baseline for government regulators, courts, advocacy groups, and private plaintiffs when discussing what it means to have an accessible website.

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